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Gale Castillo

Gale Castillo

Portland, Oregon


Castillo is the President and one of the founding members of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber that was established in 1994. The Hispanic Chamber is a local chapter of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber in Washington, D.C., and works with all members of the community to increase the economic advancement of Hispanic-owned businesses. The Hispanic Chamber, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is the largest Hispanic Chamber in the Northwest with 825 members. The Hispanic Chamber programs include: technical assistance to Latino and other small businesses, scholarships for Latino students statewide, Latino Leadership training; an Annual Trade Show, and monthly membership meetings and networking events. Castillo is also the co-owner of Cascade Centers, Inc., one of the largest privately held companies that provides Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services nationwide, staff development and Executive Coaching.   
 
Castillo has worked in both public and private sector.  Public service has included working as an Assistant to Oregon Gov. Neil Goldschmidt. Castillo was appointed by the Governor, as the State Manager of the Oregon Economic Development Department's Job Training Administration. In the private sector, Castillo has worked for AT&T, Pacific Northwest Bell, and RESTOR Communications in management, marketing, and national sales positions. Castillo has been recognized by a variety of groups for her community service.

Castillo is the first in her family to graduate from college and has completed:
- Harvard Kennedy School, Executive Education Program
- Center for Creative Leadership, Leadership Development Program
- Bachelor of Arts, Linfield College
- Masters of Arts, Education, Portland State University